Maryland Athletics Cancels Saturday’s Football Game Against Michigan State

Terps coach Mike Locksley tests positive for virus
MSU football fans sharing their disappointed feelings Monday night as talks about the Big Ten...
MSU football fans sharing their disappointed feelings Monday night as talks about the Big Ten canceling the upcoming football season continue to swirl.(WILX)
Published: Nov. 19, 2020 at 10:11 AM EST
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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (Maryland Athletics, Michigan State Athletics) - Under the guidance and advice from university medical staff, Maryland Athletics has canceled Saturday’s scheduled football game against Michigan State. The game will not be rescheduled.

Per Big Ten Conference protocols, all football student-athletes and football staff continue to undergo daily antigen testing. Beginning November 12, Maryland Athletics also conducted additional daily PCR testing. Over the past seven days, 15 student-athletes have tested positive for COVID-19, resulting in a Big Ten test positivity rate of 2.8%. There were seven positive cases among staff over that same time period, resulting in a population positivity rate of 14.9%. All positive individuals are now in designated isolation spaces, per health protocols.

Head Coach Michael Locksley tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday and is isolating at home. For reasons of medical privacy, Maryland Athletics will not be identifying any other affected student-athletes or staff.

“I am gutted for our team and for our fans,” said Locksley. “This team is eager to play and compete and continue the growth we’ve seen this season. This virus is testing our players and coaches right now, but I have no doubt that we will emerge as a stronger unit for having gone through this together. As for me personally, I am feeling strong, with only minor symptoms. I will continue to lead this program virtually and our game preparations for Indiana will begin immediately.”

“The health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches and staff remains our top priority,” said MSU head coach Mel Tucker. “While we are disappointed we won’t be able to compete this Saturday, we certainly understand the situation and hope that Maryland can get back on the field soon.

“I want to thank our medical staff for everything they have done for our program all year long. We must remain diligent in following all of our safety protocols in order to give us an opportunity to play.”

Michigan State’s next scheduled game is against Northwestern on Saturday, Nov. 28 in Spartan Stadium. The game time will be announced over the weekend and the contest will be televised on either ABC, ESPN or ESPN2.

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